Aug 3, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Akeem Spence (97) practices during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Press Conference 8/22: Akeem Spence Improving, TE By Committee

Greg Schiano met with the media this afternoon before all of the MRSA news came out, and here’s some highlights of what he had to say:

  • The Buccaneers have changed from white noise to music for two-minute drill distraction sounds. Greg Schiano says he doesn’t get to pick the music.
  • There has been no decision whether Davin Joseph will play this weekend or not. They will talk about things once he’s had some time after practicing and see how he feels.
  • Should Carl Nicks miss out on the season opener against the New York Jets, Schiano said that Jeremy Zuttah is unlikely to shift to left guard in his place. He refused to name Ted Larsen as the obvious replacement, but said they have been “working on different combinations.” Could Gabe Carimi possibly be working at left guard? Pure speculation on my part, but I could see it.
  • Darrelle Revis has practiced four days in a row, which is his longest stretch so far. He is sticking to the plan the team has set forth, and increasing his workload daily.
  • Schiano was asked about the tight ends, and confirmed that they would be used in rotation, with no clear-cut starter. He said Luke Stocker hasn’t done enough this summer to start and play 50-60 plays, but that he improved last year and over the spring.
  • The Buccaneers’ head coach said he wants to see more splash plays and turnovers from the defense, and that there are some small things they aren’t doing right just yet.
  • When asked about the running back depth chart, which we discussed on Wednesday, Schiano said that “all three” guys would get work in the next two preseason games, and he was unsure if Doug Martin would play at all. “All three” seems to exclude Mike Smith, meaning Peyton Hillis, Brian Leonard, and Mike James are the favorites to make the team.
  • The topic turned to Lavonte David, who Schiano said has “no ceiling” and could be a special linebacker, among the best in the NFL if he continues to improve.
  • Schiano was asked about Akeem Spence, and said that he is understanding football better. He’s using his hands better, and controlling his gap better. Previously, Spence was giving up his gap far too often, but lately he has done so less often, according to the Bucs’ head coach.

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